Karen Zhang

Hong Kong

Senior reporter, Hong Kong

Karen Zhang joined the Post's Hong Kong desk in 2018. Previously, she was an investigative reporter at HK01. Her works have received international and regional awards including SOPA awards.

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Explainer | How a history exam question stirred up controversy over China, Japan and Hong Kong’s education system

The controversial question in the DSE history paper asked if Japan ‘did more good than harm to China’ between 1900 and 1945.

18 May 2020 - 7:14AM

The controversial question in the DSE history paper asked if Japan ‘did more good than harm to China’ between 1900 and 1945.

How a history exam question stirred up controversy over China, Japan and Hong Kong’s education system
Hong Kong hands down its stiffest sentence yet for pangolin scale smuggling

Two mainland Chinese men given 21 and 27 months in jail for trafficking in the critically endangered animal. They were found at the airport with 100kg of scales worth an estimated HK$400,000.

13 May 2020 - 7:26PM

Two mainland Chinese men given 21 and 27 months in jail for trafficking in the critically endangered animal. They were found at the airport with 100kg of scales worth an estimated HK$400,000.

Hong Kong hands down its stiffest sentence yet for pangolin scale smuggling
Coronavirus: free masks from Hong Kong government appear for sale online

The reusable masks are offered for up to HK$200 each even before they are sent out in HK$320 million bid to combat the pandemic.

13 May 2020 - 1:46AM

The reusable masks are offered for up to HK$200 each even before they are sent out in HK$320 million bid to combat the pandemic.

Coronavirus: free masks from Hong Kong government appear for sale online
Hong Kong civil servant in charge of reusable mask giveaway admits transparency shortcomings, promises replacement filter production will go out to tender

Annie Choi says she was not ‘sensitive enough’ when she did not initially reveal the identity of the CuMask+ manufacturer.

9 May 2020 - 12:39AM

Annie Choi says she was not ‘sensitive enough’ when she did not initially reveal the identity of the CuMask+ manufacturer.

Hong Kong civil servant in charge of reusable mask giveaway admits transparency shortcomings, promises replacement filter production will go out to tender
Coronavirus: 1.5 million apply for Hong Kong’s free mask scheme in first 11 hours after website goes live

Government is giving every one of city’s 7.5 million inhabitants mask that can be used 60 times.

7 May 2020 - 9:59AM

Government is giving every one of city’s 7.5 million inhabitants mask that can be used 60 times.

Coronavirus: 1.5 million apply for Hong Kong’s free mask scheme in first 11 hours after website goes live
Hong Kong police dismiss media accusations of inaction by their chief over unauthorised building works

Force says allegations against Chris Tang concerning unauthorised works at a flat he rented in 2016 are ‘unfounded’.

5 May 2020 - 12:48AM

Force says allegations against Chris Tang concerning unauthorised works at a flat he rented in 2016 are ‘unfounded’.

Hong Kong police dismiss media accusations of inaction by their chief over unauthorised building works
Coronavirus: Canto-pop star Aaron Kwok to hold fundraising concert to help city’s struggling dancers and film industry workers

Cheer Up & Dance performance to take place on Saturday and will be live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube.

4 May 2020 - 11:25PM

Cheer Up & Dance performance to take place on Saturday and will be live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube.

Coronavirus: Canto-pop star Aaron Kwok to hold fundraising concert to help city’s struggling dancers and film industry workers
Race to set up coronavirus screening centre near Hong Kong airport pays off, easing burden on public hospitals

Team recalls race to set up temporary facility. Travellers among 1,400 tested at AsiaWorld-Expo, 104 found to be infected.

4 May 2020 - 7:25AM

Team recalls race to set up temporary facility. Travellers among 1,400 tested at AsiaWorld-Expo, 104 found to be infected.

Race to set up coronavirus screening centre near Hong Kong airport pays off, easing burden on public hospitals
‘Yellow’ Hong Kong shops slammed by Covid-19 hope protester campaign will help fill gap left by missing mainlanders

While queues offer anecdotal evidence of success, one lawmaker said it would not help much given Hongkongers’ diminished spending power.

1 May 2020 - 11:35PM

While queues offer anecdotal evidence of success, one lawmaker said it would not help much given Hongkongers’ diminished spending power.

‘Yellow’ Hong Kong shops slammed by Covid-19 hope protester campaign will help fill gap left by missing mainlanders
Coronavirus: Hong Kong government could fully resume services next week

All departments told to come up with plans to bring civil servants back to the office, according to source. Administration also discussing restrictions on travellers going across the border with mainland Chinese counterparts.

28 Apr 2020 - 9:50AM

All departments told to come up with plans to bring civil servants back to the office, according to source. Administration also discussing restrictions on travellers going across the border with mainland Chinese counterparts.

Coronavirus: Hong Kong government could fully resume services next week
Major threats to Hong Kong economy are under control during coronavirus crisis, Financial Secretary Paul Chan says

Paul Chan says government is on top of risks during coronavirus crisis relating to the currency, bank liquidity and the smooth running of markets.

26 Apr 2020 - 11:22PM

Paul Chan says government is on top of risks during coronavirus crisis relating to the currency, bank liquidity and the smooth running of markets.

Major threats to Hong Kong economy are under control during coronavirus crisis, Financial Secretary Paul Chan says
Education University chief Frederick Ma says Hong Kong kindergartens should start teaching character education to children

Education University chief Frederick Ma says character education should start as early as possible to teach children to show more respect to teachers.

27 Apr 2020 - 8:49AM

Education University chief Frederick Ma says character education should start as early as possible to teach children to show more respect to teachers.

Education University chief Frederick Ma says Hong Kong kindergartens should start teaching character education to children
Coronavirus: Hong Kong reports 4 cases after day of zero infections as social-distancing rules extended

Bars and other leisure spots to remain closed but restaurants no longer restricted to operating at half capacity. All of the latest infections were arrivals either from the United States or Britain.

22 Apr 2020 - 2:01PM

Bars and other leisure spots to remain closed but restaurants no longer restricted to operating at half capacity. All of the latest infections were arrivals either from the United States or Britain.

Coronavirus: Hong Kong reports 4 cases after day of zero infections as social-distancing rules extended
Beijing liaison office in Hong Kong ‘has HK$3.4 billion property empire’ in the city: Demosisto report

Joshua Wong says data shows liaison office’s expansion across city, while lawmaker highlights its need to house staff locally.

20 Apr 2020 - 8:31PM

Joshua Wong says data shows liaison office’s expansion across city, while lawmaker highlights its need to house staff locally.

Beijing liaison office in Hong Kong ‘has HK$3.4 billion property empire’ in the city: Demosisto report
Coronavirus: enough data not available to enlist Covid-19 as an occupational disease, Hong Kong labour minister says, as unionists accuse government of failing to protect workers

Law Chi-kwong says most coronavirus cases in Hong Kong resulted from community infections rather than work, but trade unionists say workers in various sectors are at high risk.

19 Apr 2020 - 11:43PM

Law Chi-kwong says most coronavirus cases in Hong Kong resulted from community infections rather than work, but trade unionists say workers in various sectors are at high risk.

Coronavirus: enough data not available to enlist Covid-19 as an occupational disease, Hong Kong labour minister says, as unionists accuse government of failing to protect workers
Mainland bodies have duty to ‘supervise’, ‘set things right’ in Hong Kong, Beijing’s foreign affairs arm in city says

‘Only natural’ for central government agencies to weigh in on opposition’s ‘attempt to hijack Legco’, foreign affairs body says.

17 Apr 2020 - 4:23AM

‘Only natural’ for central government agencies to weigh in on opposition’s ‘attempt to hijack Legco’, foreign affairs body says.

Mainland bodies have duty to ‘supervise’, ‘set things right’ in Hong Kong, Beijing’s foreign affairs arm in city says
Hong Kong’s consumer watchdog finds metal contaminants in more than 60 per cent of salt tested from city’s shelves

One Himalayan rock salt tested, which sells for HK$440 a pack, was found to have lead content exceeding international standards.

15 Apr 2020 - 11:56PM

One Himalayan rock salt tested, which sells for HK$440 a pack, was found to have lead content exceeding international standards.

Hong Kong’s consumer watchdog finds metal contaminants in more than 60 per cent of salt tested from city’s shelves
Coronavirus: Hong Kong watchdog urges wariness over alcohol-based disinfectants as traces of methanol found

Micro levels of the toxic substance were found in six of 24 locally available alcohol-based disinfectants tested by the Consumer Council.

15 Apr 2020 - 5:05PM

Micro levels of the toxic substance were found in six of 24 locally available alcohol-based disinfectants tested by the Consumer Council.

Coronavirus: Hong Kong watchdog urges wariness over alcohol-based disinfectants as traces of methanol found
Coronavirus: Hong Kong hits grim milestone of 1,000 cases as authorities urge people to stay home over Easter holiday

City records 11 new infections, the fewest in nearly a month, but residents cautioned against letting their guard down. On second day of long weekend, fewer people flock to scenic spots and most follow social-distancing rules.

12 Apr 2020 - 12:12AM

City records 11 new infections, the fewest in nearly a month, but residents cautioned against letting their guard down. On second day of long weekend, fewer people flock to scenic spots and most follow social-distancing rules.

Coronavirus: Hong Kong hits grim milestone of 1,000 cases as authorities urge people to stay home over Easter holiday
Coronavirus: Hong Kong residents ‘bored staying at home’ hit scenic spots in the thousands at start of Easter holiday

Ignoring official warnings, residents flock to beaches and mountains after weeks cooped up indoors. Scant attention paid to precautionary measures, with many people leaving aside masks and crowding together

10 Apr 2020 - 11:55PM

Ignoring official warnings, residents flock to beaches and mountains after weeks cooped up indoors. Scant attention paid to precautionary measures, with many people leaving aside masks and crowding together

Coronavirus: Hong Kong residents ‘bored staying at home’ hit scenic spots in the thousands at start of Easter holiday
Coronavirus: Hong Kong uses artificial lungs to treat Covid-19 patient for first time

Life-support device fixed to critically ill woman, 75, who had travelled to North America. City records 16 new cases on Good Friday.

10 Apr 2020 - 11:33PM

Life-support device fixed to critically ill woman, 75, who had travelled to North America. City records 16 new cases on Good Friday.

Coronavirus: Hong Kong uses artificial lungs to treat Covid-19 patient for first time
Minibus services from Hong Kong’s Whampoa to stop as coronavirus eats into company’s profits, but two routes win reprieve

Chit Fai Motors ran minibuses from Whampoa to Kowloon Tong and Tsim Sha Tsui for around 40 years. It lost HK$2 million as passenger numbers plunged amid pandemic.

10 Apr 2020 - 10:04PM

Chit Fai Motors ran minibuses from Whampoa to Kowloon Tong and Tsim Sha Tsui for around 40 years. It lost HK$2 million as passenger numbers plunged amid pandemic.

Minibus services from Hong Kong’s Whampoa to stop as coronavirus eats into company’s profits, but two routes win reprieve
Coronavirus: Hong Kong records 25 new cases, including two-month-old baby and clinic staff member; tally at 960

Fresh figures follow closure of beauty and massage parlours as authorities continue to tighten social-distancing measures.

8 Apr 2020 - 11:06PM

Fresh figures follow closure of beauty and massage parlours as authorities continue to tighten social-distancing measures.

Coronavirus: Hong Kong records 25 new cases, including two-month-old baby and clinic staff member; tally at 960
Coronavirus: Hong Kong to close beauty and massage parlours amid Covid-19 spread

Venues ordered to shut up shop for two weeks, from Friday.

8 Apr 2020 - 11:55PM

Venues ordered to shut up shop for two weeks, from Friday.

Coronavirus: Hong Kong to close beauty and massage parlours amid Covid-19 spread
Bars and pubs shut across Hong Kong as city records 43 new coronavirus infections

With latest round of closures, government hopes to stop cluster of infections tied to nightlife districts. But owners complain the new rule, which allows some venues to stay open if they serve food, is unclear.

3 Apr 2020 - 11:53PM

With latest round of closures, government hopes to stop cluster of infections tied to nightlife districts. But owners complain the new rule, which allows some venues to stay open if they serve food, is unclear.

Bars and pubs shut across Hong Kong as city records 43 new coronavirus infections
Coronavirus: 1,200 pubs and bars in Hong Kong to close as government orders two-week shutdown

Any premises ‘exclusively or mainly used’ for sale or supply of alcohol must shut from 6pm on Friday to curb Covid-19’s spread.

3 Apr 2020 - 3:28AM

Any premises ‘exclusively or mainly used’ for sale or supply of alcohol must shut from 6pm on Friday to curb Covid-19’s spread.

Coronavirus: 1,200 pubs and bars in Hong Kong to close as government orders two-week shutdown
Coronavirus: Hong Kong shuts karaoke lounges, mahjong parlours and nightclubs to control outbreak

Government widens its blanket over popular gathering spots but venues are caught off guard. Beauty parlours among businesses that can stay open, even though a member of the industry is among 51 new infections.

2 Apr 2020 - 3:58AM

Government widens its blanket over popular gathering spots but venues are caught off guard. Beauty parlours among businesses that can stay open, even though a member of the industry is among 51 new infections.

Coronavirus: Hong Kong shuts karaoke lounges, mahjong parlours and nightclubs to control outbreak
Hong Kong wages could drop 20 per cent in 2020 for city blighted by coronavirus pandemic, impact of anti-government protests

Pay packets could shrink from the HK$18,200 (US$2,350) monthly median revealed on Monday to HK$14,000, experts warn.

31 Mar 2020 - 8:46AM

Pay packets could shrink from the HK$18,200 (US$2,350) monthly median revealed on Monday to HK$14,000, experts warn.

Hong Kong wages could drop 20 per cent in 2020 for city blighted by coronavirus pandemic, impact of anti-government protests
Coronavirus: Hong Kong’s domestic helpers getting used to new normal as social distancing keeps them apart on only day off

Despite offers of extra work and extra pay city’s domestic workers still gather in public parks and run errands on only day off, just in smaller numbers than before epidemic swept through.

29 Mar 2020 - 11:48PM

Despite offers of extra work and extra pay city’s domestic workers still gather in public parks and run errands on only day off, just in smaller numbers than before epidemic swept through.

Coronavirus: Hong Kong’s domestic helpers getting used to new normal as social distancing keeps them apart on only day off
Coronavirus: hospital beds in Hong Kong will run out ‘very soon’ under current infection surge, health officials warn as 59 more cases confirmed

Fears that isolation wards are short of capacity required as 59 new infections take Hong Kong total to 641.

30 Mar 2020 - 10:59AM

Fears that isolation wards are short of capacity required as 59 new infections take Hong Kong total to 641.

Coronavirus: hospital beds in Hong Kong will run out ‘very soon’ under current infection surge, health officials warn as 59 more cases confirmed